Aston Martin Formula 1 CEO and team principal Otmar Szafnauer departs

(Motorsport) Formula 1 team Aston Martin have announced the departure of team boss Otmar Szafnauer. The Romanian – American engineer originally joined what was then known as Force India in 2009 and subsequently went on to become team boss after the outfit was taken over by Lawrence Stroll in 2018. Aston Martin have said that the position “will be managed within the leadership team until a replacement is appointed.”

A statement released by Aston Martin read “Otmar Szafnauer has left the company and his role at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team will be managed within the leadership team until a replacement is appointed. We would like to thank him for the service provided to the team over the past 12 years and wish him well for the future as he will undoubtedly take on new challenges.

“Fortunately, we are led and managed by a strong group of individuals, and we are comfortable to take a little time to explore options before announcing a new team structure. The focus of the team is currently on preparing the most competitive car possible for the start of the 2022 season."

The statement did not give a reason for the 57 year old’s departure and it came just a day after Szafnauer’s interview in which he spoke enthusiastically about Aston Martin’s prospects for the 2022 season. He has been linked with a move to rivals Alpine which had been previously dismissed as “pure media speculation”.

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